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The Man Of My Dreams (MOMD) (ie husband) bought a couple of Aran jumpers for us a few years ago from Ebay. These are very nice handknit jumpers, probably wool or wool-blend (I singed a snippet to check a la the Yarn Harlot advice, and yes it smelt like burning hair, not melting acrylic), but they do suffer from one particular limitation: Crew Neck.
Ebay aran (smudge on belly is just water, not a stain)
In recent days, since the cold weather really hit us, the MOMD has been wandering around in his jeans and a long-sleeved shirt, mentioning how cold it was. After my repeated suggestion that he put on a jumper (that’s what they’re for) he looked and me with a martyred expression and asked when was I going to fix the neckline for him? Oh yeah, that’s right, I did say I’d fix it, didn’t I? Sooooo off to the shops, discussion of what he actually wanted – vneck? buttons? zipper? Oooh, a zipper please came the reply, which means I have to add a contrasting colour band, and we settled on the burgundy left over from my Twist Cardi. I have found the following tips/tutorials to help with this project:

I will probably go ahead and hand-sew the zipper in, as I think it will be a better finish than risking my sewing machine trying to eat the yarn.

Wish me luck!

Ack!! Too tight!

unpicking the cast off and trying something different…

  

Miffed.

  

Easter fun!

We are enjoying some beautiful weather this Easter long weekend – lots of sunshine and moderate days, cool nights but not enough to be properly cold. I am waiting for the traditional Easter holidays windstorms – one year we lost our trampoline over the house behind us, another year we were absolutely flattened in our tent – but so far so good. There has been a spot of gardening, some family walks, and this afternoon I had the fidgets after too long sitting still and knitting, so I hauled out the bike and cajoled the MOMD into coming with me. I pumped up the tires, dusted off the seat and we headed off down the road and through the park.  It was all just lovely until suddenly there was an enormous CRACK and my back tire popped! Apparently sitting in a shed for 5 years with only the occasional outing does not equal tire immortality. So our jaunt was cut short and we turned around and started back home. A very nice gent inquired as to distance and would have offered a lift but as we had only managed to traverse the local park and were still literally only a block away from home we were able to decline his kind offer and wandered home again, cracking bad puns as we went “that put a brake on the journey”, “that popped your bubble”, “the wheels of fate move in mysterious ways” etc etc.

So, one must-do activity this week is a visit to a purveyor of bike tires. What’s up during your holidays?

Easter holidays are coming up, so you can expect to see a flurry of activity on these 

    

The days are shorter, mornings are crisp, and autumn harvest in the markets makes me want to cook yummy things. That will fuel the mad knitting bonanza I hope to have this coming holidays!

See you then

Quack!

just needs the central icord rib🐥



Coming along nicely

next up are the toes:



I have spent the past week mourning the end of summer, or more specifically mourning the lack of any real summer at all: I’m not sure I could point to two consecutive weeks of solid warmth (let alone heat) in the past 3 months! Now there isn’t even any faint, lingering hope: Autumn is definitely here, and Winter is Coming… How do I know? Let me count the ways:

  • we have pruned all the fruit trees till they begged for mercy
  • I pulled out all the dried-up, rusty old snow pea plants
  • the corn is ready to eat
  • lots of red tomatoes, and the vines are starting to wilt (despite all the green ones still struggling on)
  • we put the wool blankets back on the bed
  • we put flannelette sheets back on the bed
  • my hands are drying and chapping faster than I can keep the moisturiser going
  • the starlings have put on their autumn plumage and are sitting on the powerlines in front of our driveway, driving our dog bananas with their untouchable proximity
  • cloudy skies, drizzle, winds… followed by dazzling blasts of sunshine in the crisp, fresh air
  • snow on the mountain on Thursday morning – just a little, and gone by the afternoon, but I have a photo to prove it! (I saw a complete rainbow on the way to work that morning too)
  • the urge to cast on multiple shawls, socks and jumpers is strong and nearly irresistible!

I don’t know whether that last one counts as a sign of incipient Autumn – it could occur at almost any time of the year, depending upon my need to escape from ‘real’ life and make something beautiful with my hands.

However, I have decided that enough is enough – moaning, whinging and complaining about the weather does nothing but pollute the airspace around me, so I have decided instead to wave goodbye to anger and denial, and move on through acceptance to silver linings!

Benefits of Autumn:

  • snuggling into flannelette sheets
  • warm woolly socks make my feet happy
  • soft, snuggly shawls keep my neck and shoulders warm
  • hot cups of tea are really, really nice
  • big bowls of soup
  • rich, tasty casseroles and stews
  • early bulbs start to push up green shoots
  • lots of fabulous autumn fruits and veges
  • no more sunburn!
  • a lap full of thick, woolly knitting is wonderful!
  • leaves changing colour on deciduous plants add splashes of brilliance
  • more snuggling

So, how is your March going so far?

Starry night + time vortex!

My current piece of mindless knitting is another Elizabeth Cap, this time definitely large enough for me!



Now can you guess??

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